5 Things To Watch For At Colts 2019 OTA Workouts


5 Things To Watch For At Colts 2019 OTA Workouts

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5 Things To Watch For At Colts 2019 OTA Workouts

The Colts are starting the OTA session of their offseason program on Tuesday. What are some things to watch for as the Colts close out their offseason program?

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INDIANAPOLIS – The closest thing we get to ‘real’ football in the spring is starting up this week.

Beginning Tuesday, the Colts will take part in 10 voluntary OTA sessions over the next three weeks, before a mandatory minicamp running June 11-13.

During this portion of the offseason, teams can take part in 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and/or 11-on-11 sessions for the first time all spring. However, no full pads or live contact is allowed.

The Colts will hold their 10 OTA sessions on the following dates: May 21-23, May 29-31, June 3-6.

Once the Colts conclude their offseason program on June 13, they will break for a month and a half before Training Camp begins at Grand Park.

Here are 5 things to watch for in OTAs and minicamp:

1. Workload For Andrew Luck

This is the first spring work for Andrew Luck since the 2016 offseason.

Will the Colts want to dial him back at all over the next month?

“I’m really comfortable with his schedule,” Frank Reich said earlier this month about Luck’s approach this time of year. “It’s something we talk about every week, what he’s doing physically and what that’s going to look like, as far as throwing schedule. That’s something we keep in constant communication on.”

The more frequently Luck throws over the next four weeks, the better for the likes of Devin Funchess and Parris Campbell getting on the same page with No. 12.

2. Evolvement On The Defense

While all 11 defensive starters return for the Colts in 2019, the expectation is that unit will be doing some different schematic things this fall.

It will be interesting to observe the different personnel looks and groupings that Matt Eberflus uses at every level.

In the secondary, do we see more man coverage during the spring?

With scaled back workload right now for returning linebackers Darius Leonard and Anthony Walker, some younger guys at those spots will see a good amount of time.

How Eberflus divvies up the snaps along the defensive line will also be something to monitor.

3. Depth Chart Battles

Nothing is settled in the spring, but this is still a time of year to evaluate, especially the youngsters, with veterans often resting in May and June.

Injuries and absences of some vets right now also doesn’t allow for true competition (like Anthony Walker vs. Bobby Okereke at the MIKE position).

Still, seeing early reps play out at running back, wide receiver, linebacker, cornerback, safety, etc. will be fun to watch.

Some curious names that come to mind for guys who should get some nice run this spring: RB-Jonathan Williams, WR-Reece Fountain, TE-Mo Alie-Cox, DE-Kemoko Turay, LB-Zaire Franklin, CB-Jalen Collins, CB-Nate Hairston, S-George Odum.

4. Rookies Making An Impact

One of the more enlightening parts of the spring is seeing the rookies and the veterans get together in full-team sessions.

With the Colts not needing immediate playing time for as many rookies as last year, it will be interesting to see who can challenge returning starters for some action.

Watching position switches for the likes of Ben Banogu and Marvell Tell III, plus seeing Parris Campbell handle a more expanded role are all top of mind when looking at the rookies.

5. Any Other Injury Watches?

In case you missed it, here’s an update on some injuries going into the next 4 weeks.

Some new/inexperienced faces will get plenty of work at tight end and linebacker, especially.

Veteran rest days for the likes of T.Y. Hilton and Clayton Geathers will open up opportunities at wide receiver and safety, too.

Right now, the Colts expect all of their current injured guys to be ready for the start of Training Camp.


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